I loved the helicopter ride! It was my first and I was a little apprehensive, but it was incredible. Very smooth and the views were, again, breathtaking.
The flight was only about fifteen minutes and we landed at Walter Peak Sheep Station, a working sheep ranch. We first met the trained sheep dogs and some adorable puppies. We then had a shearing demonstration. The poor sheep are terrified, but the young man shearing them is able to calm them and shears off the wool in a single sheet with an electric razor.
We then had a demo of a dog herding the sheep followed by a delicious barbecue lunch on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The lake reminded me of Lake Tahoe.
We rode a vintage steamship, the TSS Ernslaw, back to Queenstown and in the afternoon Clifford and I took the gondola ride that we missed yesterday because of the weather. We rode to the top of Bob’s Peak, had a cappuccino, took in the views, and rode back down again.